Here are the players that
have boosted their stock at the 2015 East/West Shrine Game.
East WR Tre' McBride
(William & Mary)
He was clearly the best
receiver at the Shrine Game practices. He is an athletic player with good
route route running ability. He displayed reliable hands and showed the
ability to highpoint the ball. McBride made contested catches in traffic
and was also able to stretch the field. He is more quick than fast. But he
was able to get consistent separation throughout the week.
West WR Austin Hill
He was the second best
receiver in St.Petersburg, FL. After a disappointing senior campaign, Hill
boosted his stock with a strong performance here. He is a slot receiver
with good size. He displayed soft hands, crisp route running and tremendous
body control. He made a few acrobatic catches this week.
East OG John Miller
He was the most impressive
OL at the Shrine Game. He is a mauler in the run game. He is a tenacious,
physical run blocker. Miller showed good strength and knee bend. He
demonstrated a strong initial hand punch. He overwhelmed defensive linemen
at the point of attack.
West DT Xavier Williams
He was able to make
disruptive plays behind the line of scrimmage this week. His short area
quickness and violent hands really stood out. Williams has good size and he
held his ground well at the point of attack. He played with terrific
East CB Craig Mager
This guy opened some eyes
this week. He was a four-year starter at Texas State. He has good size and
he excels in run support. He showed quick feet and fluid movement. Mager
showed good awareness and held his own in man-to-man coverage.
West C B.J. Finney
Finney has good size and
sustains his blocks well. He got very good movement in the run game. He
was so technically sound with his footwork. He demonstrated impressive hand
placement. This guy has a chance to start early at the next level.
East CB Justin Coleman
Coleman was able to make
some splash plays in practice. He showed a smooth backpedal and very good
lateral quickness. He was the only corner that had some success against
McBride. I was impressed with his technique in press coverage. He also
displayed good ball skills.
East DE Za'Darius Smith
He only played one-year of football in high school.
Smith went to a junior college and became one of the top recruits. He has
good size and strength. He holds his ground well and is a terrific run
defender. He showed ability to rush the passer this week. He was named the
Defensive MVP during the game.
East OT Sean Hickey
I love his versatility. He lined up at RT during
practice and played LT during the game where he has started the past two
years. He has good size. Hickey excels in pass pro. He displayed quick
feet and good balance. His hand placement was outstanding.
John Crockett (North Dakota State)
He is a tough inside runner. He can break arm
tackles. Crockett showed patience and let his blocks develop. He displayed
good vision. He did a very good job in pass protection. He was vocal and
energetic this entire week. He definitely raised his stock.
It was a fairly quiet day. The players worked on
different drills with their positional coaches. Then they worked on special
teams and did a redzone scrimmage.
RB Dominique Brown from Louisville ran very
good routes and showed impressive hands out of the backfield. He was
getting separation against LB's in the one on one coverage drills.
I had the chance to interview two defensive backs from
the East squad. I asked them who the toughest WR in practice was. Both of
them told me that Keith Mumphery from Michigan State stood out. They
said that he was physical at the line of scrimmage and incredibly quick. He
talked trash and didn't back away from a challenge. All of those things are
true, but Mumphery has to improve his hands.
TE Wes Saxton
from South Alabama was Jameis Winston's high school teammate. He ran good
routes and got separation, but dropped two passes on Thursday.
LB Jake Ryan
from Michigan plays too high at times. But he did a great job in pass
coverage against TE's and RB's. He recorded two pass breakups.
LB Deiontrez Mount from Louisville got exposed
in coverage. He showed stiffness in his hips.
Justin Coleman displayed a smooth backpedal, quick feet and good ball
skills in DB drills.
Western Kentucky's CB
Cam Thomas has excelled in press
coverage. He came up with an INT today.
Most of the scouts,
coaches and front office personnel people didn't stick around for the West
practice on Thursday. It was a cold afternoon with a light drizzle.
Players worked on individual drills, special teams and had a scrimmage.
Rice's WR Jordan
Taylor continued to use his big body and long arms to make catches in
He was able to highpoint the ball on a couple of
DE Martin Ifedi
from Memphis showed a variety of pass rush moves throughout the week. His
hand usage has been good.
Oregon's LB Tony Washington joined the West
squad during Wednesday's practice. He looked fluid in coverage today. He
changed directions well and looked effortless doing it.
CB Bryce Callahan
from Rice got physical and demonstrated good press technique.
had a pass breakup during the 7 on 7.
The East team had a
morning practice on Wednesday once again. It was a cloudy day in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was checking out practice
here on day three.
Georgia's Hutson Mason was the best QB on the
East squad today. He looked in command of the offense. He showed good,
clean footwork on his drops. He went through his progressions and was
accurate in the scrimmage. Old Dominion's
Taylor Heinicke missed some
throws today especially on downfield passes. He tried to force some balls
into tight spots. Overall, he has definitely been the best QB at the Shrine
Game because of his quick release, outstanding ball placement and good
decision-making. Duke's Anthony Boone continued to struggle with his
accuracy. He threw two interceptions during Wednesday's practice.
Terrence Magee reminded me of Zac Stacy this week. He is quick to the
hole and has showcased terrific vision. He has also displayed soft hands.
No one was able to cover
Tre' McBride from William & Mary during Wednesday's practice. He put on
a clinic. He showed great hand/eye coordination. He located the ball well
on downfield throws. He made contested catches and was able to highpoint
the ball. He has also been returning kicks and punts throughout the week.
Wolverines' Devin Gardner had a good practice. You want to see a
player improve throughtout the week, and he did just that. He showed
reliable hands and made two big catches downfield. Georgia Tech's Darren
Waller took a step backwards today. He had three drops. Spartans'
Keith Mumphery has good quickness. He has shown the ability to get
separation, but he has displayed inconsistent hands.
OT Sean Hickey from
Syracuse has excelled in pass protection. He is a technician. He showed
light feet, advanced hand placement and good knee bend. He has demonstrated
the ability to reset in pass pro. OG John Miller from Louisville is
very strong. He got great movement in the run game. He showed good
footwork. He has opened some eyes this week. OT Darrian Miller from
Kentucky plays too high. He also needs to improve his hand placement. C
Sean McDermott from Miami showed a tendency to come out too high out of
his stance. He also got beat a couple of times in the one-on-one drill
against the DL.
Miami's DE Anthony
Chickillo shined today. He is a good run defender. He showed a variety
of rush moves in the one-on-one's against the offensive linemen. He played
with good leverage, displayed solid instincts and a non-stop motor. LSU's
Jermauria Rasco had another tough day. He is a one trick pony. He
relied mainly on a speed rush. He struggled with his hand usage, couldn't
shed blocks and failed to maintain his balance on a few occasions.
Mike Singletary was
teaching Michigan's Jake Ryan the nuances of playing the linebacker
position. Overall, Ryan did a better job in pass coverage today.
CB Justin Coleman from
Tennessee was the best corner on the East squad. He showed good technique
in press coverage. He changed directions well. He came up with an INT. CB
Damian Swann from Georgia had an interception as well during
The West team had an
afternoon practice again on Wednesday. The players brought a lot of energy
Nevada's Cody Fajardo was accurate to all areas
of the field today. He had good command of the offense. He made quicker
decisions and threw well on the run. Sun Devils' Taylor Kelly showed
clean footwork. He spread the ball around to different receivers, but he
struggled with his deep ball accuracy. He actually threw two INT's on
Wednesday. South Carolina's Dylan Thompson forced throws into
coverage. One of those passes resulted in an INT. He struggled with his
accuracy on intermediate throws.
John Crockett from
North Dakota State continued his strong play. He practices with a purpose.
He has been very vocal this week. South Dakota State's Zach Zenner
is just the second player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in
three different seasons. He has impressed me with his ability to catch the
ball out of the backfield.
Jordan Taylor from
Rice had a great day. He has outstanding size and a huge catching radius.
He uses his long arms and catches the ball away from his body. He caught
everything that was thrown his way. He is a mismatch in the redzone. He
came up with a short TD at the end of practice. Arizona's Austin Hill
continued his strong play. He made a diving catch when he was matched up
against Stanford's S Jordan Richards. Later on in practice, he made
a tremendous catch near the sideline and got both feet in. He is not afraid
to mix it up and get physical. His hands and outstanding body control were
on full display. Huskies' Kasen Williams bounced back on Wednesday.
He made a couple of highlight-reel catches. The one-handed grab near the
sideline was unbelievable. He has also been working as a returner on kicks
and punts. TE MyCole Pruitt from Southern Illinois showed strong
hands. He made a number of contested catches in traffic.
Kansas State's B.J.
Finney had a strong practice again. His footwork is very sound. He got
a great push in the run game. He showed the ability to get to the second
level. Aztecs' Terry Poole struggled with his assignments. He
played too tall when he came out of his stance. He also needs to improve
his hand placement.
DE Martin Ifedi
from Memphis held up well at the point of attack. He played with good
leverage and proved to be a strong run defender.
Utah State's Zach Vigil was all over the field
today. He is a reliable tackler with terrific instincts. He took proper
angles to the ball. He came up with an INT in pass coverage. He is a
S Sam Carter from
TCU has been the most consistent player in the secondary for the West
squad. He has good size and instincts. He has displayed very good closing
speed. He had a pass breakup in the scrimmage.
The East team had a morning practice on
Tuesday. After a rainy day yesterday, we had a warm day in St. Petersburg,
Florida today. The East team was in full pads.
Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke has
separated himself from the rest of the quarterbacks at the East/West Shrine
Game. He was accurate to all areas of the field. His ball placement was
terrific. He made quick decisions and demonstrated good field vision. He
showed good timing and anticipation on his throws. Hutson Mason from
Georgia displayed good timing and was accurate on short throws. But he
overthrew a number of intermediate and deep passes on Tuesday. Duke's
Anthony Boone holds on to the ball for too long and shows average field
Terrence Magee was once again the best RB on the East squad. He is a
compact runner that runs low to the ground. He can push the pile and
finishes his runs. He displayed good vision and was able to find the
McBride from William & Mary had another good day.
He is more quick than fast. He is an athletic receiver with soft hands and
good route running ability. He wins at the top of his route. He is able to
adjust to poorly thrown balls. Maryland's Deon Long really excelled
on short and intermediate routes. He was quick in and out of his breaks.
He showed better concentration today and didn't drop a single pass. He
extends his arms and catches the ball away from his body. Georgia Tech's
Darren Waller made plays today. He has the size and the huge catching
radius. He showed soft hands and made a few over the shoulder catches
downfield. Wolverines' Devin Gardner continued to make his
transition to receiver. He had a tough time getting off press coverage, but
he improved as practice progressed. He made a couple of contested catches.
Andre Davis from South Florida displayed the ability to stretch the
field vertically. But he struggled making catches in traffic. Spartans'
Keith Mumphery was inconsistent. He is quick in and out of his breaks.
However, he had a tough time against press coverage and had a few drops in
OT Sean Hickey
from Syracuse has been playing RT here. He has displayed smooth, quick
feet. He played with good leverage and proper knee bend. He sustained his
blocks to the whistle. OG John Miller from Louisville has a lot of
starting experience. He fired out of his stance. He was a tenacious,
physical run blocker. He showed good strength and very good knee bend.
Georgia's C David Andrews struggled against quicker defensive
tackles. He also needs to work on his hand placement.
Smith from Kentucky and DT Leterrius Walton from Central Michigan
are the defensive linemen that performed well. Smith has good size and
strength. He is a strong run defender. He showed some pass rushing ability
on Tuesday. He can easily add another 10-15 pounds to his frame. He
projects as a five-technique at the next level. Walton is a big man, but he
moves well for his size. He is strong and has shown a good rip move. LSU's
Jermauria Rasco had a disappointing day. He had a tough time
changing directions and maintaining his balance in DL drills. He struggled
with his hand usage and couldn't get off blocks. He needs to get stronger
because he got washed out on a number of plays.
from Michigan continued to be a major presence against the run. He stuffed
a few running plays. He is a tough, smart LB. He showed the ability to get
off blocks. But he got exposed a bit in pass coverage. He is a 3-4 ILB at
the next level. Maryland's Cole Farrand is a downhill LB that just
finds the ball. He shows good instincts. He was praised by head coach Mike
Singletary after making a tackle.
CB Craig Mager from Texas State was
the most impressive defensive back on the East squad. He held his own
against the receivers in the one-on-one matchups. He is an athletic player
with quick feet and fluid hips. He was able to turn and run with receivers
downfield. S Dean Marlowe from James Madison has looked comfortable
and fluid in pass coverage. He has shown good lateral quickness. S
Ronald Martin from LSU has
looked stiff in coverage. He struggled changing directions and needs to
improve his footwork.
The West team had an
afternoon practice on Tuesday. It was a perfect and warm day in St.
Petersburg, Florida today. The West team was in full pads again.
None of the quarterbacks
on the West team impressed me today. It is actually difficult to find
anything positive to say about them. Nevada's Cody Fajardo was
accurate on short throws and had good command of the offense. However, he
overthrew a couple of deep balls. Sun Devils' Taylor Kelly lacks the
arm strength and he struggled with his ball placement. South Carolina's
Dylan Thompson has a very good arm, but he was erratic with his accuracy
throughout the day.
John Crockett from
North Dakota State had another good day. He is a tough inside runner. He
showed patience and good vision. He has outplayed the more heralded Zach
Arizona's Austin Hill
was the star of the day. No one could cover him. He ran crisp routes,
displayed soft hands and good body control. He adjusted well to poorly
thrown passes. After a disappointing senior season, his stock is on the
rise. Aztecs' Ezell Ruffin also shined today. He showed the ability
to stretch the field vertically. He displayed strong hands. He made a
couple of acrobatic catches. He was quick in and out of his breaks.
However, I did see him struggle against press coverage. Huskies' Kasen
Williams had a bad day. He had a couple of drops. He ran sloppy routes
and struggled coming out of his breaks. His body language was terrible
after things didn't go his way early on in practice.
Kansas State's B.J.
Finney had another impressive practice. He was a dominant force. He
showed terrific hand placement, got good movement in the run game and
sustained his blocks well. Bobby Hart from Florida State struggled
once again. He saw time at RT and guard. He showed heavy feet in pass
protection. He has a tendency to get too high and needs to improve his hand
DT Xavier Williams from Northern Iowa continues
to impress. He showed good short area quickness, power and violent hands.
He plays with good leverage. Tyeler Davison from Fresno State is a
powerful DT. He is not flashy, but he is strong at the point of attack. He
is a very good bull rusher. DE
Martin Ifedi from Memphis flashed today after a quiet day on Monday. He
displayed active hands and showed good strength. He was effective using the
Baylor's Bryce Hager flies around all over the
field. He is able to read and react quickly. He displayed good closing
speed. He showed good tackling form as well. Utah State's Zach Vigil
was the vocal leader of the defense. He demonstrated good lateral quickness
and tremendous instincts.
USC's CB Josh Shaw had an up and down day. I
was impressed with his press coverage technique. He used his size and
physical nature to push the WR's around. But he was slow to react at times
and showed a tendency to grab receivers downfield. S Sam Carter from
TCU has emerged as the leader in the secondary. He is an athletic, physical
player with good size. On one particular play, he got burned by the WR on a
double move. But he has done a much better job in coverage here than I ever
thought he would.
Punter Darragh O'Neill
from Colorado showed a strong leg and good hangtime. He could be drafted in
the later rounds.
The West team had a late
afternoon practice on Monday. The players had a lot of energy despite the
heavy rainfall during the first 30 minutes of practice. The West squad was
led by the former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn. The players were practicing
in full pads.
Sun Devils' Taylor
Kelly was the best QB on the West team. He was accurate especially on
short throws. He threw well on the run. He showed good field vision. He
looked comfortable going through his progressions. Gamecocks' Dylan
Thompson has good size and a strong arm. He can make all of the
necessary throws at the next level. But he struggled with his accuracy. He
needs to make quicker decisions. Nevada's Cody Fajardo had a tough
time completing intermediate and deep throws. He has an awkward throwing
motion and he struggles going through his progressions. He showed average
Despite the fumble during
the team scrimmage, North Dakota State's John Crockett was the most
consistent RB on Monday. He is a tough, physical runner with good size. He
also showed good hands. Zach Zenner from South Dakota State is the
only player in FCS history to rush for over 2,000 yards in three straight
seasons. He displayed soft hands coming out of the backfield. Malcolm
Brown is a RB that never really lived up to the hype at Texas. He is
well-built and runs low to the ground. But he displayed an average burst to
the hole and didn't show good vision. He also had a fumble.
Austin Hill from
Arizona stood out during the first day of practice. He had success
operating from the slot. He has good size. He made a couple of acrobatic
catches. He ran sharp routes and showed soft hands. TE Blake Bell
from Oklahoma is an intriguing prospect with a lot of upside. He has ideal
size and good hands.
C B.J. Finney from
Kansas State looked like the most consistent lineman today. He was so
technically sound with his hand placement. He played with good leverage and
sustained his blocks well. Seminoles' Bobby Hart was playing RT
today and he struggled against speed rushers. He looks like a guard
prospect at the next level. OG Adam Shead from Oklahoma had a tough
time on Monday. He has heavy feet. He was slow off the ball. He showed a
tendency to overextend in pass protection.
The defensive line
dominated the O-line especially in the one-on-one drills. Stanford's
David Parry was the star of the day. No one could block him today in
the pit drill. He showed good strength and played with terrific leverage.
He displayed an impressive rip move and showed good short area quickness.
He lined up as a DE and as a DT. DE Travis Raciti from San Jose
State lined up as a DE. He has good size and long arms. He showed a strong
initial hand punch. He beat an OL with an inside move on one particular
play. DT Xavier Williams from Northern Iowa was impressive as well.
He showed a quick first step. He played with good leverage and used his
hands well. TCU's DT Chucky Hunter struggled on Monday. He is
undersized and he had a tough time disengaging from blockers. He needs to
be more active with his hands instead of just relying on his quickness off
Baylor's Bryce Hager won't wow you from a
physical standpoint, but he makes plays all over the field. He is a very
active run defender. He shows tremendous instincts and closes quickly. He
recovered a fumble during the team scrimmage. He was by far the most
impressive LB for the West team.
USC's Josh Shaw and Colorado State's Bernard
Blake are the two players that stood out to me in the secondary. Shaw
has good size. He was physical and showed quick feet. Bernard Blake
got better as practice moved along. He has good length. He showed fluid
hips and good closing speed.
TE A.J. Derby from
Arkansas, OT Brett Boyko from UNLV and OG
Miles Dieffenbach from Penn
State will miss this week due to injury.
The East team had an early
afternoon practice on Monday. The field was wet, and we had some rain in
the beginning of practice. The East squad was led by former Niners head
coach Mike Singletary. The team wore shoulder pads and shorts today.
Old Dominion QB Taylor
Heinicke was by far the most impressive signal caller on the East
squad. He lacks the size and the arm strength, but he was very accurate on
short and intermediate throws. I was impressed with his ball placement and
anticipation He hit his receivers in stride. He made good reads and had
success throwing on the run. Hutson Mason from Georgia showed a nice
touch and was fairly accurate to all areas of the field. However, he lacked
velocity on downfield throws. He also needs to make quicker decisions. He
was late with a couple of his throws. Anthony Boone from Duke had an
up and down day. He showed great touch as he completed a few downfield
passes. But he has a long delivery and struggles when he has go through his
LSU's Terrance Magee
was the one RB that stood out to me during Monday's practice. He is
only about 5'9, but he is very well-built. He displays a quick burst
through the hole. He is very shifty.
William & Mary WR Tre'
McBride was the best pass catcher during Monday's practice. He got off
to a slow start. He kept losing his footing as he was coming out of his
breaks due to the wet field. But he came back strong. He showed natural
hands, athleticism and the ability to separate. He made a few contested
catches. He also showed the ability to locate the ball on downfield
throws. Maryland's Deon Long is quick off the line and is a smooth
route runner. But he needs to improve his concentration. He had a couple
of drops during the first day of practice. Darren Waller from
Georgia Tech is a big target. He is 6'6 and 243 pounds. He showed strong
hands and used his body to shield the defenders away from the ball. He
looks like a developmental TE at the next level. Michigan's Devin
Gardner had a tough day. He is trying to make the transition to WR. It
is a position that he played early on in his career. He had a couple of
drops. He failed to create much separation and struggled when corners got
physical with him at the line of scrimmage. TE Khari Lee from Bowie
State was a pleasant surprise. He displayed soft, natural hands. He caught
a number of passes in the middle of the field.
Mississippi State's C
Dillon Day and OG Ben Beckwith were the two offensive linemen
that stood out today. Day showed a nasty streak and the ability to get
movement in the run game. Beckwith displayed good hand placement. He also
played with very good leverage. I will focus on this group more
DT Darius Kilgo
from Maryland caught my eye on Monday. He showed terrific strength and good
hand use. He was stout against the run. His best fit would be as a NT in a
This group as a whole was
impressive. Jake Ryan from Michigan was a physical presence. He was
very active against the run. Georgia's Amarlo Herrera showed
athleticism and good instincts. Cole Farrand from Maryland took good
angles to the ball. He also had a pass break-up.
This group was a big disappointment. Navy's
Parrish Gaines struggled in press coverage. He allowed a couple of big
plays. He also needs to improve his footwork. Tennessee's
Justin Coleman got burned on a
couple of occasions in man coverage. He struggled changing directions and
failed to keep the WR in front of him.
TE Gerald Christian from Louisville and DE/LB
Davis Tull from Tennessee – Chattanooga will miss this week due to